I try to make pictures everyday just because I like to see what I can find to photograph and then work on them with my software. I usually photograph the common mundane things around me and try to show them in interesting ways by tweaking them after I get them on my computer. I made these pictures all within a few minutes inside my Villa early in the morning. They were made with natural light; no flash was used. I never use a flash. But, these are different from my normal images.
First, the above are similar in that they were all made with a small sensor camera, the Olympus TG-4. They were also all made with an in-camera reduction of two stops for exposure and at the maximum zoom range of the lens at an equivalent 100mm. I used the program mode with the ISO fixed at 200, and let the camera pick all the other settings.
Now for what is different from my normal practices. I didn’t make any adjustments with my software. These are jpeg images straight out of the camera. I only used LR to import them and organize them into my storage structure. I did not touch the exposures, or white balance, or anything else. Anyone can make images like these with just a small sensor point and shoot camera. Maybe you like them or maybe you don’t; but I think they have a characteristic image style that I like … at least for recording what I see about me as sort of a digital photo journal.
Could I have made better pictures with my better Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera? The answer is yes, but I would have to define better. The image quality would be better, but would I have been as likely to make them? No. I would have had to use a much heavier, larger camera with a very heavy long zoom lens, and they wouldn’t fit in my vest pocket. That is where the small sensor camera resides most of the time. That way if I see something I can photograph it right away. Light like in the above pictures doesn’t continue for long. These kinds of images require being at the right place at the right time with a camera close to hand.